No Free Lunch
Businesses have to make money to stay in business. You pay for most free stuff on the Internet by viewing unwanted adds or by allowing others–knowingly or unknowingly–to collect information about you and sell it to others. Users of Internet services are now beginning to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.
But at 2bme, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of unwanted ads or your privacy. Our business model is very straightforward: We sell a great product. We don’t sell advertising. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t “monetize” the information you store on your phone or on our Site. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make your online and offline experience better. Plain and simple.
What information do we collect?
We you register and use the Site, we may collect the following types of information:
- You name, gender, email address and password
- Your address and time zone
- Your personality type and theme preferences
- Your connected account choices
- Your payment information (paid subscriptions only)
- Your navigation and use of the Site
Registered users of our Site may make any changes to their personal information at anytime by going to the My Account | Account Details screen.
What do we use your information for?
The information we collect from you may be used in the following ways:
- To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
- To send you periodic emails with information and updates pertaining to your account
- For monthly account billing
If you decide to opt-in to our mailing list, you will receive emails that may include company news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving our newsletter, click the “unsubscribe” link.
How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information. We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our database where only persons authorized with special access rights who are required to keep the information confidential can access it.
We do not collect or store your passwords to connected accounts. Instead, we use a computer protocol called OAUTH that allows us to store tokens provided by the third-party content provider that serve in place of your password. These tokens expire periodically for added security. Here’s how OAUTH works. When you log in to 2bme and authorize a connected account, we direct you to the service you want to authorize, and you log in there. Let’s use Twitter as an example. When you log in to Twitter, Twitter will ask if you want to authorize 2bme. When you do, Twitter sends us a token (a long string of encrypted characters) that allows us to fetch data from them about your tweets. Because we never collect and store your password, if our security is ever compromised, you are not at risk of having your Twitter password exposed. We collect content from your connected accounts to display on your personal web utility. We do not store this content or track your activity when using your personal web utility.
Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser (if you allow) that enable the site or service provider to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain limited information such as how you navigate the Site.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
We adhere to the California Online Privacy Protection Act. This policy explains the kinds of information we gather, how the information may be used and shared with other parties, and, the process users can follow to review and make changes to their stored information.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
Our Site is not directed to children under 13, and we will not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information from children under 13.